Gibbs stops Pierre in Instant Classic


Willie Gibbs triumphant! Photo by Brendon Pierpaoli

Willie Gibbs rallies to stop Lenord Pierre in slugfest at Foxwoods

         By Alex Pierpaoli

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originally published at March 13, 2006


On Friday night the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Casino became a battleground when middleweights Willie Gibbs and Lenord Pierre waged a twelve round war that left one man standing.  In a see-saw bout that thrilled the assembled crowd, Willie Gibbs of Philadelphia, endured the two-fisted attack of Lenord Pierre until round twelve when Gibbs dropped Pierre twice, prompting Referee Mike Ortega to stop the bout at 2:53 of the final round.  Going into the twelfth, Pierre led on two of the judges’ official cards but Gibbs’ come-from-behind victory rendered that fact moot in brutal fashion.  The victory gave Gibbs the USBA Middleweight belt, one he had tried to win on a previous trip to Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun, where Gibbs lost to Daniel Edouard in a thriller that saw both men hurt before Gibbs was stopped in round four.  Friday’s title winning victory all but erased those bitter memories for Team Gibbs as they savored a hard fought win over the gritty Lenord Pierre.

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D-Rod bests Alvarez at Mohegan Sun

Delvin Rodriguez beats Shamone Alvarez to retain USBA Welter Title

By Alex Pierpaoli

Photos by Brendon Pierpaoli

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Delvin Rodriguez of Danbury CT retained his USBA welterweight title Friday night at Mohegan Sun in an exciting and hard fought unanimous decision win over Atlantic City’s Shamone Alvarez.  Rodriguez rallied in the late rounds, scoring a knockdown in the eleventh, to secure the close victory on the judges’ scorecards.  Rodriguez-Alvarez was the Main Event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights which broadcast three bouts of the seven bout show, live from Montville, CT.

Rodriguez-Alvarez was a close see-saw battle and a great way to celebrate ESPN2’s return to the Montville casino for the first time of the FNF season.  Shamone Alvarez stormed out and won the first round big versus Rodriguez, landing speedy straight-punches from the southpaw stance.  The second was much better for Rodriguez; despite Alvarez’ superior southpaw angle it was Rodriguez landing with more power, and a straight right to the head got Alvarez’ attention.  A close third round was still on the table in the final seconds when Alvarez landed a combo to seal it in his favor.

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Alexander beats Urango at Mohegan Sun

Devon Alexander beats Juan Urango at Mohegan Sun

By Alex Pierpaoli 

originally published 3/7/10 on


On Saturday night Devon Alexander unified the WBC & IBF 140 pound titles in beating Juan Urango by eighth round TKO at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Alexander, of St. Louis, used smart, aggressive boxing to checkmate the wild-swinging, hard-charging Colombian, Juan Urango, stopping him for the first time in his 25 bout career.  The Alexander-Urango fight was featured live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark to cap an eight bout card promoted by the fight game’s P.T. Barnum, Don King.

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